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Police Numbers to be Slashed

Monday 19th November 2012

A quarter of senior officers and three and a half thousand civilian staff are set to lose their jobs under Met Police plans to find half a billion pounds of savings.

The proposals have been outlined by Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackie at Scotland Yard.

"The changes would see 1200 officers at the rank of Sergeant or above leaving the Met," our Political Editor Tom Cheal explains.

"Getting rid of senior officers will save around 60 million pounds each year and help cover the costs of bringing in more junior police constables."

Under the plans, three and a half thousand of the Met's 14,000 civilan staff posts are also set to go by 2015.

Commenting on plans by the Met Police for further budget and staffing cuts, a Public and Commercial Services union spokesman said:

"We're very concerned about the scale of these new cuts and the impact they would have on the staff that remain but, crucially, on the public - particularly if it means staff who handle 999 calls are at risk of losing their jobs.

"This comes on the back of proposals to cut back the number of front counters in boroughs, the likely effect of which on communities and the public's ability to report crime hasn't been explained or properly examined."

The changes have been sent to the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime where they'll need approval before going ahead.